Monday, October 28, 2013

Monday This and That

I never get tired of the blue sky.  

Vincent van Gogh

I had a nice weekend.  The weather  was perfect.  The sky so blue.  If you notice, there is a little white dot near the wires in the above photo. That is the moon.  It was cool, but a comfortable cool.  A light jacket was enough. Totally adore this kind of weather. 

Went to take care of my banking early Saturday morning so that bills and rent can be paid.  Afterwards I headed off the the Farmer's Market and was so disappointed.  
This was all I was able to get with the $20 in coupons. Not much, is it? A few tiny peppers, 4 potatoes, a few onions, cilantro, Italian parsley, and a $6 head of cauliflower. Super expensive...and to think, the government provides the elderly with these coupons to help them get some healthy foods. The apples were smaller than the onions and would have cost me about five bucks just to get enough to make some applesauce. I can't help but wonder how long the government will let themselves be ripped off like this.  I realize that the farmers have to make money, but this was highway robbery in my book. 

Warning: Go through your Blogger reading list and stop following any blogs that have been discontinued.  I discovered a reading list overrun with porn.  What once was a lovely blog about kitties had been taken over by a porn site.  According the Google Help one has to go through their entire blog list, opening each one, to find out which one was the culprit and then stop following.  So, before it happens to you, do a good cleaning out like I did. 
I have some good news to report.  In fact, it is great news.  Hubby won his case with Social Security.  I was actually crying with joy.  It has been tough on me.  The union pension STILL has not kicked in, and it might be time to get in contact with Legal Aid.  And all I have been getting from hubby is $200 food stamps and $275 in rent.  PA pays nothing, and that's only a drop in the bucket with the bills I have to lay out each month.  My finances have been dwindling down to nothing since I have been laying out more than I am bringing it.  I am so relieved that it is over.

Made it back in time to catch a marathon of "The Good Witch" on the Hallmark Channel. Love this film series.  Kept me glued to my television all day.  Love the way Cassandra changes everyone for the better and inspires everyone to be better human beings.  My only disappointment during the day was Hallmark's announcement that next weekend begins the Christmas countdown of movies next week.  Even this wonderful channel is rushing the holiday along. Somehow the Christmas music they played in the commercial just didn't seem right. 

Notice the doorway at the end of the living room?  The hallway beyond leads to my bath and my bedroom. Saturday I was headed to the kitchen for something and happened to turn around to pick up my bottle of water,  and saw a figure moving through the hallway.  This was not one of those black shadow figures either.  This appeared  to be a woman. My apartment is in a pre-war building which was built in 1920.  It is rent stabilized so when people move in, they rarely move out until they pass on.  I have met the previous owner who lived here for 15 years, but who came before him. It will be interesting to find out.  By the way, you can also see Miss Minga, eyes glowing, in the photo as well.  She's waiting for me to come sit in my chair.

On Sunday I headed off to Church, followed by a trip to the fruit stand to pick up items needed that I was unable to find on Saturday.  Then I headed home and 'lost my head' in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Loved it. I remember we all had to read the story when I was in grammar school, and that is the last time I picked it up.  Can't believe it has been over fifty odd  years since I last read the story of Ichabod Crane. I must say he is tremendously different than the character on the new television series, but I do believe that re-reading of this tale will become an annual Halloween tradition for me. So, with that, I will leave you with a few quotes from the story.

"All these, however, were mere terrors of the night, phantoms of the mind that walk in darkness; and though he had seen many spectres in his time, and been more than once beset by Satan in divers shapes, in his lonely pre-ambulations, yet daylight put an end to all these evils; and he would have passed a pleasent life of it, in despite of the devil and all his works, if his path had not been crossed by a being that causes more perplexity to mortal man than ghosts, goblins, and the whole race of witches put together, and that was - a woman.”

“They are given to all kinds of marvellous beliefs; are subject to trances and visions; and frequently see strange sights, and hear music and voices in the air.”

 “All the stories of ghosts and goblins that he had heard in the afternoon now came crowding upon his recollection. The night grew darker and darker; the stars seemed to sink deeper in the sky, and driving clouds occasionally hid them from his sight. He had never felt so lonely and dismal. He was, moreover, approaching the very place where many of the scenes of the ghost stories had been laid.”


  1. Ooooooh, a ghost! The Veil is definitely thin!
    Thanks again for the email about my blog. And for warning others about this hazard.
    So glad about your hubby's financial improvement.

  2. Ah . . . yes . . . I can see the moon Mary.

    I also like jacket weather like that.

    That really does seem expensive for the quantity you purchased my friend. It seems as though the prices of things keep going up, but my paycheck doesn't.

    Congratulations to your husband!

    That's an interesting encounter you had, and yes, I do see your cat and her eyes.